Israeli women air strikes they hammered her city on Thursday Gaza, as soldiers fought street-to-street battles with Hamas fighters. During a 10-hour battle, the army said its soldiers faced and they killed Hamas fighters and officials, captured its stronghold and destroyed tunnels. At the same time, they argue that Hamas has now lost control of northern Gaza.
The Israeli army carried out strikes near Al Shifa Hospital, the largest medical facility in Gaza and one of the few still operating, according to Al Jazzera. The hospital was heavily damaged, as were the surrounding infrastructure, houses and roads.
At least three people were killed and dozens injured after an early morning Israeli airstrike in the area of Al Nasr Hospital in western Gaza, according to the Palestinian Wafa news agency.
Dozens of Palestinians were killed in intense Israeli shelling during the night and in the Jabaliya refugee camp in the north and in Sambra in western Gaza. Earlier, the Palestinian Wafa news agency reported that the strike near the hospital in Tabaliyah killed at least 19 people and injured several others.
According to the Palestinian news agency Wafa, at least six people were killed after Israeli attack on an apartment building in the city of Bani Suheila, east of the city of Khan Yunis, in southern Gaza. Several injured in the attack were also taken to Nasser Hospital for treatment.
Israeli aircraft also bombed a bakery in the district Al Sayayaas well as various goals in Beit Lahiya. In a separate air strike in the early hours of Thursday, a house near the Sava square area of Gaza City was also hit and many people were injured. The injured victims were taken to Al Shifa Hospital.
Israeli forces also raided the camp Amari in Ramallahin the possessed West Bank. Initial reports cited by Al Jazzera say several people have been injured and arrested. Heavy gunfire rang out as armored Israeli vehicles entered the occupied West Bank town of Toumba. In a video posted by Al Jazeera Arabic on X, two Israeli vehicles are seen driving through a fortified road in Toumbas.
Palestinians have been killed in clashes in the West Bank
The Palestinian Authority’s health ministry says two Palestinians were killed in clashes with the Israeli army in the West Bank town of Beit Fajjar, near Bethlehemand in Dura, near Hebron.
The Israeli Defense Forces do not comment on these clashes, but say that troops stormed Jenin refugee camp at night with D9 armored bulldozersdestroying dozens of improvised bombs that were hidden in the area.
The troops clashed with gunmen in Jeninwith the Israeli military saying it carried out a drone strike against a group of armed Palestinians who were firing at Israeli forces.
As of October 7, the IDF maintains that troops have arrested approximately 1,430 wanted Palestinians across the West Bank, including more than 900 linked to Hamas.
According to the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Health, more than 155 West Bank Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since October 7.
Hamas stronghold captured – Group commander dead
The Israel Defense Forces claim that troops of the Nahal Infantry Brigade captured a Hamas strongholdknown as Outpost 17, in western Jambaliya after 10 hours of fighting.
The soldiers battled Hamas and Islamic Jihad operatives at the stronghold, who were also “above ground and underground route in the area». According to the IDF, dozens of terrorists were killed during the fighting.
They argue that the troops they located many weapons and uncovered tunnels, including one that was next to a kindergarten. Troops also found “significant” Hamas battle plans at Outpost 17.
Israeli troops operating in the Gaza Strip also identified a Hamas drone factory and a weapons cache inside a housing complex.
At the same time, the Israel Defense Forces claim that they killed a senior Hamas commander, responsible for the group’s anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) operations in central Gaza. In a joint statement with the Shin Bet security service, the IDF says Ibrahim Abu Magshib was the head of Hamas’ ATGM array in the so-called central camp brigade.
Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallad said on Wednesday that his forces “they tighten the strangulation cord” around Gaza City as they continue their offensive in response to the October 7 Hamas attacks that killed 1,400 people in Israel, mostly civilians. The militants also took more than 240 people hostage, including babies and the elderly.
Vowing to destroy Hamas, Israel retaliated with relentless bombing and a ground invasion which according to the Hamas health ministry in Gaza have killed more than 10,500 peoplemany of them children.
Also, the Israel Defense Forces announced that Capt. Eliahu Benjamin Elmakayes, a soldier with the 8219th Battalion of the Combat Engineer Corps, was killed yesterday during fighting in the central Gaza Strip. Elmakayes, 29, was from Jerusalem. His death brings the number of soldiers killed in Israel’s ground offensive in Gaza to 34 and to 352 from October 7.
The humanitarian situation is terrible
After more than a month of intense shelling, hundreds of thousands of people remain trapped in a “dire humanitarian situation” in combat zones without enough food and water, the United Nations said.
The Israeli military stated that 50,000 people left their homes in the main battle zone of northern Gaza on Wednesday, a sharp increase in the number since the beginning of the week. “They are leaving because they understand that Hamas has lost control in the north and the south is saferIsraeli military spokesman Daniel Hagari said.
Israel Defense Forces Arabic-speaking Spokesman Lt. Col. Avichay Adraee says Israel will reopen a corridor for Gaza civilians to the north of the Strip to escape to the south. Israel will open the Salah-al-Din road to southbound traffic between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly rejected the prospect of a cease-fire in Gaza. On Wednesday he repeated his refusal, saying there would be no ceasefire unless the hostages held in Gaza were released.
According to a source close to Hamas, talks are underway to release 12 hostages, including six Americans, in exchange for a three-day ceasefire. Negotiations are underway for the release of hostagesheld by Hamas in Gaza Stripalongside a two- to three-day ceasefire, informed the German Agency today of a person who knows about these talks.
The United States has supported Israel’s refusal of a ceasefire and its foreign ministers G7 on Wednesday in Japan said they support “humanitarian pauses and corridors” at the war.
The UN rights chief Volker Turk condemned Israel for its bombings and orders for Gazans to flee south. “Israel’s collective punishment of Palestinian civilians also amounts to a war crime, as does the illegal forcible evacuation of civilians“, he told reporters at the Rafa border crossing.
The Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres said yesterday that the number of civilians killed in the Gaza Strip shows that something is “clearly wrong” with Israel’s military operations against Hamas militants.
More than 100 trucks carrying aid crossed into Gaza from Egypt on Wednesday, OCHA said, bringing the total to 756 since the fighting began last month, fewer than would normally have entered Gaza in just two days before the war.
A rare delivery of emergency medical supplies arrived at the headquarters Al Shifa Hospital of Gaza City on Wednesday, just the second since the war began, the UN and World Health Organization said, warning that “is far from sufficient to meet the enormous needs“.
Source: AFP, Times Of Israel, Al Jazzera